Pete Rose Game-Used Mizuno Bat Signed and Dated MEARS A9.5 
Lot Number 428
 
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On September 11, 1985, Pete Rose stepped to the plate against San Diego’s Eric Show and like he had done 4,191 times before, Rose got a base hit. It was one of the last days that controversy would not surround the great ball player. Rose’s situation is well known, as he is banned from the Hall of Fame and ballparks across the country for gambling on the game, but there are two things that the commissioner’s office cannot take from Rose, his passion for the game and the fact that he is the All-Time Hit King. Presented is a very desirable game-used baseball bat that Rose wielded sometime during the 1985 season. The Mizuno genuine Pete Rose signature PR4192 model bat weights 30 ounces and measures 34” in length. The impressive black lacquered lumber is uncracked and exhibits moderate game-usage and light ball marks. There is a small area of deadwood on the back portion of the barrel. The handle features six single bands of tape and a large wrapped area nearer the barrel. The knob and end of the barrel have #14 written in white. The bat was a gift to Bobby Wine, whom Rose knew from his days in Philadelphia. Rose signed and dated the bat in silver marker (“8”, 9-26-1985) and added the inscription, ”To Bobby, Best Wishes to a great guy and most knowledgeable Baseball man around.” grading (“8-9”). The bat can easily be dated, as Rose started using Mizuno bats in the early 1980s and in 1985 Mizuno added the PR4192 model designation. Few modern players draw as much attention as Pete Rose and finding a bat from the historic 1985 season is a triumph. Autograph COA from James Spence Authentications and MEARS grade A9.5 from Dave Bushing/Troy Kinunen. 
 
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